Spotlight: Charity Conventions

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Over the past year, Society GMs and players opened their hearts (and wallets) in support of other people. While the reasons varied from sick children to cancer research to wounded service members to animal shelters, the generosity of our community didn't waver. Thank you and a huge round of applause to all the organizers on the list for the extra effort it takes to include a charity component in your event. Through the efforts of your labors and the generosity of your players, someone's day brightened.

Below is a list of all conventions that submitted requests for convention support from Nov 2017 through October 2018. This doesn't include the smaller events that may have had a charity component, but not reached the 15-table minimum needed for event support. Colorado Springs, CO, hosted the most charity events with 3 apiece. Looking at the regional standings, we had a three-way tie between Great Lakes, Northeast, and Western Eurasia-Middle East with 9 events each. Again, thank you to all the organizers listed below for their time and energy in support of their chosen charities!

Event NameLocationRegionOrganizerStart Date
Extra Life 2017Boise, IDNorthwestEbee Roper11/4/17
Extra Life Day 2017Austin, TXSouthwestPaul Worral11/4/17
Enchanted Realms Fall Charity Event '17Colorado Springs, COSouthwestEverett Morrow11/4/17
3XP - Winter 2017Sutton, England, UKWEMECarol Tierney11/9/17
Fall MepaCon 2017Allentown, PANortheastJason Schimmel11/10/17
U-Con 2017Ypsilanti, MIGreat LakesWilliam Jones11/17/17
30 Hour Food Drive 2017Spokane Valley, WANorthwestPreston Hudson12/15/17
MarsCon 2018Williamsburg, VASoutheastMichael Meunier1/12/18
Contingency 2018Fordingbridge, England, UKWEMEChris Manning1/17/18
CaptainCon 2018Warwick, RINortheastDavid Montgomery2/2/18
FlintCon 2018Flint, MIGreat LakesMichael Eischer2/3/18
Aid Another: Winter 2018Philadelphia, PANortheastBenn Roe2/10/18
Hoop & Stick 2018New Plymouth, OHGreat LakesMichael McNerney2/22/18
2nd Annual Boys and Girls Club ConBellevue, NEMidwestGary Bush2/23/18
RPI's Genericon XXXITroy, NYNortheastJanet Kuhlmann3/2/18
CoNfUsIoN 2018Utrecht, NetherlandsAEETineke Bollman3/9/2018
ConClave 2018Southend-on-Sea, England, UKWEMEDave Harrison3/10/2018
CosCon XXX 2018Butler, PANortheastQuinn Shannon3/16/2018
Coastcon 41 (2018)Biloxi, MSSoutheastJay Betbeze3/16/2018
PFS MANCon 2018Manchester, England, UKWEMEIan Hawthorne3/23/2018
Help The Halflings II (2018)Spokane Valley, WANorthwestPreston Hudson3/30/2018
Save vs Hunger 2018Maryville, TNSoutheastStephen Wight4/6/2018
MAG CON 10 (2018)New Caney, TXSouthwestAaron Reichgott4/7/2018
1D4 Con 2018Martinsburg, WVNortheastNicholas P Ruchlewicz4/13/2018
Springfest 2018Tri Cities, WANorthwestRichard deMorris4/13/2018
Gaming for Conservation 2018Newington, NHNortheastAaron Bradford4/21/2018
Gaming Hoopla 2018Mundelein, ILGreat LakesChris Rathunde4/27/2018
2018 D8 Summit Utica, ILGreat LakesJesse Besowshek4/28/2018
Chupacabracon V (2018)Round Rock, TXSouthwestKen Fisher5/4/2018
ConTRAPtion 2018Worthing, England, UKWEMEChris Brockley-Blatt5/4/2018
David Setty Memorial Game Day (2018)Cincinnati, OHMidwestBrent Bowser5/6/2018
3XP Summer 2018Ely, England, UKWEMECarol Tierney6/22/2018
VrockCon 2018 - Are You Thursty?Flat Rock, NCSoutheastSteve Johnson6/30/2018
Gaming Marathon for Charity 2018Colorado Springs, COSouthwestO.J. Pinckert7/14/2018
Summerfest 2018Richland, WANorthwestRichard deMorris7/20/2018
Paizocon UK 2018Birmingham, England, UKWEMEChris Brockley-Blatt and Dave Harrison7/20/2018
2D Con 2018Bloomington, MNMidwestJolene Danner8/3/2018
Coulee Con 2018La Crosse, WIGreat LakesMark Mastej8/24/2018
CoNfUsIoN 2018 - SummerUtrecht, the NetherlandsAEETineke Bolleman8/31/2018
SIBCON 2018Butler, PANortheastAlex Wreschnig9/7/2018
BattleCon The Third (2018)Richmond, VAAppalachianRigby Bendele9/14/2018
Grand Con 2018Grand Rapids, MIGreat LakesTroy Stevens9/14/2018
SkålCon 2018Roseville, MNMidwestJack Brown9/14/2018
AB-Con Winter 2018Aschaffenburg, GermanyCentral EuropeSebastian Hirsch9/21/2018
HMGS-South Hurricon 2018Kissimmee, FLGulfDominick Trascritti9/27/2018
Saluki Comic Con (2018)Carbondale, ILMidwestPhillip Pierce-Savoie9/28/2018
SPSX 2018Glasgow, Scotland, UKWEMEDouglas MacIntyre9/29/2018
FlatCon 2018Bloomington, ILGreat LakesGabriel Anderson10/12/2018
Save Against Fear 2018Harrisburg, PANortheastJoseph Peters10/12/2018
Charity Event for CASA (2018)Colorado Springs, COSouthwestO.J. Pinckert10/13/2018
AVL Scarefest 2018Montreat, NCAppalachianMichael Tracey10/19/2018
Tavern Con 2018Bay City, MIGreat LakesEric Clingenpeel10/26/2018
JenCon Six (2018)Sheffield, England, UKWEMEJen Edwards10/27/2018

Extra Life

Two years ago, several Pathfinder Society lodges supported Extra Life events independent of each other . Last year, Paizo engaged directly in fundraising for Extra Life through live play events hosted at our offices and available via a 25-hour Twitch stream. The Paizo efforts were in addition to Society Lodges hosting Extra Life events throughout the end of October and early November.

This year, the Organized Play team decided to support Extra Life by releasing world-wide benefits to any convention running between now and November 12, provided the monies raised from the charity component go to the Extra Life campaign.

The benefits include:

  • Retail Incentive Program status regardless of having a retail presence at the convention.
  • Access to the charity boons Hubris Coil (PFS), Lucky Knuckles (PFS), Manticore Starship (SFS), Skittermander (SFS). One boon from each program may be requested. Email with the choices for your convention and for guidelines on how to report boon winners.
  • Purchasable d20 rerolls - you may pay $10 for an additional reroll and $1 to bump the result up 1. So for $30, you may have a guaranteed "20". These rerolls are not limited to 1 per game and stack with rerolls from other sources. You still must choose to use a reroll before results are announced.

If an event is already registered to Extra Life, please post your link via social media or on the Extra Life post in the Pathfinder Society forums. If an event wishes to take advantage of the benefits above and isn't registered, either register a page or join us at Team Paizo. To register as part of Team Paizo, visit our Team Page and click join. If you don't have any Extra Life events near you but you wish to donate, you can visit the team page and donate to any team member.

Next week is our monthly roundup of stars, conventions, and other information. If you missed yesterday's blog—check it out—as we released the updated Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge

Organized Play Manager

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Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero


Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—North Shore aka LackofFocus

Tonya are these Available for Extra Life Game Days, I sent in a request for Support.

Sovereign Court 4/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Will we be getting rules for 5 nova soon?


I was planning to fundraise for Extra-Life at the convention this weekend. This makes things more interesting, thank you!

Also, the Extra Life post seems to still be hidden.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

The link doesn't appear to work. Clicked on it and it redirected me to the main page for forums. Sent in a request for boons.

Our lodge has joined the local team and we're hoping to make $5000 this year.

Sovereign Court 5/5 Venture-Captain, Ohio—South

The Ohio-SouthWest Lodge is supporting Extra Life this weekend with our own 3 day convention and online raffle. We have charity boons, hand made dice bags, swag bundles, and a complete set of the Starfinder Dead Suns AP autographed by the authors. Check out the link below to get your $1 raffle tickets, and information on playing if you'd like to join us in Dayton, Ohio.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

Wish I could say we had any of that awesome stuff.

Our canteen will have all proceeds going directly to the fundraiser. We'll have board games being played, but it'll mostly be video games, much like it was last year.

Extra Life MB-Westman Team

Dark Archive 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I believe the total dollar amount of all the listed cons needs to be posted somewhere. Each con is awesome in their own way, but seeing how much of a difference we make in the lives of people is important.

When we as a community come together to support a cause there is nothing we can not accomplish. I've seen it happen first hand for over four years now. I am positive we can push forward and make this a core component of Pathfinder Society. I know we can.

So let's do it. Let's make this next year the best we can for our local charities.

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—North Shore aka LackofFocus

I will be running PFS/SFS at Midgard Comics and Games in Derry, NH fundraising for Boston Children's Hospital.

The Smaht Goblin

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

Apologies on the forum link not working. Unfortunately I've been under the weather the last two days and forgot to ask someone to make the link live. I just opened the thread.

@John - I don't have specific numbers for each convention, just what I've gleaned from social media posts, after action reports that include the numbers, etc. It would be interesting to know what the actual number is, but I believe it to be in the 100k range. If anyone would want to contact the organizers or be the POC for them to contact with the information, that could be arranged.

Emails with boons have gone out to all those that emailed me up to 1630 today. I will continue to check over the weekend to see if any other events want to jump onboard.

Liberty's Edge 3/5 Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Thanks for the support. Omaha is already planning the 3rd Annual Boys and Girls Club Con for February!

Dark Archive 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Tonya Woldridge wrote:
. @Jon - I don't have specific numbers for each convention, just what I've gleaned from social media posts, after action reports that include the numbers, etc. It would be interesting to know what the actual number is, but I believe it to be in the 100k range. If anyone would want to contact the organizers or be the POC for them to contact with the information, that could be arranged.

I can be the point of contact.

I’ll get started this weekend.

The Exchange 5/5 ⦵⦵ Venture-Lieutenant, North Carolina—Charlotte aka eddv

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I am typing this as we prepare to head down to Carolina Tabletop Games in Pineville, NC where we will be participating as part of their Extra Life team, manning the DEAD HOURS overnight running through the first Against the Aeon Throne AP Segment. It should be a lot of fun.

Liberty's Edge 1/5

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Oh man, I thought there was going to be another 25-hour stream this year! This is super solid though too. Thank you guys for involving the community like this!

Silver Crusade 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Virginia—Fairfax aka Karhaz

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This is so exciting! I am Glad to have helped. We have an Upcoming Toys for Tots Game PFS/SFS day in Fairfax, VA soon! Dec 15, 2018! 20 tables over the entire weekend! Very cool that we gamers can help others while having fun!

The amount we can give to help others is grand, and it doesn't take much! I am so very lucky Pathfinder was there for me after my ordeal, and want to use that joy of gaming to help others!

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:
If anyone would want to contact the organizers or be the POC for them to contact with the information, that could be arranged.

I can be the point of contact.

I’ll get started this weekend.

Taking this logistics discussion offline.

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